Promoting Net Neutrality: Full Report of Seminar by I-Vision in Cameroon and Upcoming Seminar

A capacity building seminar was organized in Douala-Cameroon on the 18th of July 2014 at hotel Lewat by I-Vision International with the theme: Promoting Net Neutrality through multi stakeholder capacity building and dialogue. Forty two participants were trained on the concept of Net Neutrality including its historical background, how to detect abuse, its importance and impact if it is not mentioned.

This is one in a series of seminars to be organized in a project funded by the Web we Want campaign.

EDUCATION FOR THE STOMACH

I was recently on a Television discussion program with the head of one the units an educational parastatal known as the EDUCATION MARSHALS on one of my state local television stations. Their job is to get children of school age off the streets into the schools. As the discussions continued, there was this question as to why children were more interested in street trading than they were in going to school. At a point, the host made mention of “education for the stomach” and the panel stayed a while on this issue.

I AM DIGITAL, SO WHAT?

During a session with some National Youth Service members (in Nigeria, it is mandatory for all graduates to serve the nation for one year after graduation), we were talking about the fact that Africa has to develop quickly in order to take her place in the committee of nations globally. The major complaint was that we are too far behind and that the playing field is not level. At that point I asked them how many of them have used the internet to improve on where they left off in school, because I noticed that most of them had smart phones.

Do Not Allow Your Farm To Lie Fallow

In the region where I come from land is a family inheritance that is guarded very jealously, family members will do anything within their power to keep the territorial inheritance. In fact I did not know how serious this was until recently when my family relocated to the village. I hear all kinds of comments about the family land and what they are doing to keep it within the family. This is not to say they cannot sell some portions to others, even non-natives for development but they still save some portions for the family , even for future generations.

However, when the land is not properly taken care of, others will trepass and develop without the permission of the family and before the family realizes, their land is either totally overrun or there are litigations all over the courts.

My main aim in this discuss is the way that we as Africans blame foreigners for taking over our territorial space; during slavery and colonization, that cry would have been realistic not now. You cannot allow your farm to lie fallow for long periods and complain when others take advantage and cultivate your farm. If you cannot cultivate your farm for whatever reasons, you can lease it to someone who will use it for that period but when you do not show any interest in cultivating your farm, someone else will and this time, it might be completely taken from you since there was no proper agreement and the person cannot be blamed.

We as Africans must learn to value our farm so that we either cultivate it ourselves or we partner with others who are willing to help us, that way the partnership is mutual and the development is profitable to all.

DO NOT LEAVE YOUR FARM FALLOW THEN TURN BACK AND COMPLAIN THAT SOMEONE HAS TAKEN IT FROM YOU.

MOTECH Suite workshop: August 27-29 in Accra, Ghana

Dimagi and Grameen Foundation are hosting the first ever MOTECH Suite workshop from August 27-29 in Accra, Ghana!

 

MOTECH Suite is an open source software platform that enables organizations to deploy and manage a wide range of mobile health applications. MOTECH Suite is being developed to deliver economies of scale by supporting multiple use cases to be scaled on the same platform, and by supporting integration to national information and reporting systems.

 

The goals of the workshop are to:

  • Build a community of mHealth implementers in Ghana
  • Share best practices & strategies for mHealth projects running at scale
  • Enable participants to be leaders in mHealth within their organizations
  • Introduce attendees to MOTECH Suite's array of tools, including CommCare, CommTrack, CommConnect, and core MOTECH systems
  • Share case studies about regional mHealth programs and how they use mobile technology

Workshop Details:

  • Dates: Wednesday, August 27th through Friday, August 29th
  • Time: 9:00AM -- 5:00PM
  • Location: Kofi Annan Center for Excellence in ICT
  • Who should attend? Directors, program managers, and heads of departments from NGOs, IGOs, funding organizations, research institutions, and government agencies
  • Language: The workshop will be run in English
  • Workshop fee: $75 for the entire workshop. Lunch and coffee will be provided daily. Per diems or travel stipends are not available.

For those interested in attending, please submit your application by Friday, August 8, 2014. Attendance will be limited to 35 participants.

 

Please refer any questions you have about this workshop and similar workshops to [email protected].

 

Thanks,

Gillian Javetski ([email protected])

EACO Promoting Bee Keeping in Uganda, you can Join the Team!

EACO has empowered rural vulnerable people with knowledge and skills in beekeeping, as a way of addressing rural poverty and general health issues and to provide them with a set of basic tools and support to help them get off the poverty trap.

We are so happy for this project, you can also join us for phase 2 where we want to purchase the items that will be used while harvesting. Volunteers can also join to train, students can join the team.

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Anyone can help!

Farm work

Are you interested in working with animals, bees? By special arrangement you might be able to join our farm team. We have a dedicated Monday to Friday group who support the farmer and new opportunities occasionally arise.

Gardening

Do you have green fingers and like to work outside in a beautiful setting? Or maybe you’re just keen to join in and learn. We currently have a gardening club. Tasks include weeding, planting and maintaining the market garden, and so on.

Beekeeping

Are you interested in joining our bee team? An enthusiasm for bees and honey production and a regular commitment is all you need. The bee team do valuable work for the bees as well as for us… Learn how to maintain the hives on the farm – we give full training.

Broadening our Horizons

Africa is at the tipping point where we all need to get our acts together and push our limits. As we work with the youths especially, we must make them realize that we can go from an aid recieving continent to an aid giving one.

From the reports that are posted by organizations, we know that what is missing is not the ability to develop mentally and technologically that is lacking but it is the enabling environment to expand our horizon. We must not be so discouraged by the great inventions that have been accomplished by others that we now think there is nothing more to invent.

Every era is faced with these limitations where people think that human society cannot pass a certain level only for inventions and discoveries to break bring down these walls. As we repair bicycles and make use of second hand computers and other donated items, let us look at how we can use these as leverage for our own contribution to better the human existence.

LOOK BEYOND WHAT YOU SEE AND IMAGINE WHAT YOU CAN ADD.

The Bicycle Project: Making a Difference in the Lives of Children in Ghana

HuD Afrika is a humanitarian organization with the primary goal of serving the interest of the poor and the vulnerable from all walks of life in partnership with development minded forces, while constantly seeking innovative approaches to responding to the dynamics of human development. The project is run in collaboration with the Bosomtwe District Education Directorate of Ghana Education Services.

As part of our objectives to ease access to education for school children in rural communities, HuD Afrika partnered with the Village Bicycles Project of USA to support school children with quality used bicycles at highly subsidized cost. This project aims at offering high quality used bicycles at subsidized prices to school children in primary and junior high schools of rural communities around Lake Bosomtwe in Ashanti region of Ghana. The bicycle project activities involves:

  • Community sensitization
  • Workshops on bicycle mechanics
  • Bicycle Distribution, and
  • Sustainability visits

The programme begins with community sensitization and participant registration.

There are technical workshops run to develop the capacity of the bicycle beneficiaries to be able to care, maintain and carry out minor repairs on the bikes. All beneficiaries learn how to fix punctures, service the chain, fix pedals and general care for the bicycles. As a rule, all bicycle beneficiaries go through the workshop before a bicycle is given finally distributed as part of the workshop graduation ceremony.

The bicycle distribution to the graduates of the bicycle workshop is only part of the process but not an end in itself. Below is a graduation class and after this session the students take a ride home.

After the ceremony the student ride home as proud owners of quality bicycle and the sustainability visits by the HuD Afrika continues. Please click on the icon below and ride home with the students who through this Bicycle Project have improved access to education.

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